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Budget woes delay moon mission

March 03, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

NASA will delay the first manned flight of the new spacecraft designed to take humans back to the moon because of budget constraints, the agency's director said Wednesday.

The craft, called the Orion, won't fly until early 2015, four to six months later than planned, NASA administrator Michael Griffin told legislators.

The delay is the result of a $545-million difference between President Bush's request for the agency this year and the money Congress included in a spending bill Bush signed this month.

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